News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 01, 2012
Contact: Public Information Officer
PIO/AFD
Number: 404-893-7124

DEA and Fulton County DA’s Office
Join Forces in Undercover Drug Takedown
Bust Nets More Than $7 Million in Heroin, Meth and Cash

AUG 01 (ATLANTA) – Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. and Harry S. Sommers, DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division are pleased to announce the dismantling of a Mexican Drug Trafficking organization operating out of Fulton County. Thanks to the joint efforts of the two organizations, millions of dollars in drugs are off the streets and three alleged drug pushers are behind bars.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, DEA agents arrested three men at a Gwinnett County stash house located at 4041 Megan Road in Duluth, Georgia. This residence was being used by Mexican drug cartel operatives to hide money and drugs. Agents seized 39-kilograms (86 pounds) of heroin with a street value of $5 million dollars; two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of methamphetamine or “crystal meth or ice,” with a street value of $132,000. An assault rifle, handgun and one vehicle were also confiscated along with $2 million dollars in related cash. DEA Atlanta has been investigating this drug cartel for more than a year. This week’s seizure is linked to an August 2011 seizure of 36-kilograms of heroin and $4 million dollars in cash in Cobb County.

Harry S. Sommers, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Field Division commented, “The mission of DEA is unwavering--we combat drug traffickers by investigating and prosecuting those
who criminally distribute drugs, which ultimately cause immeasurable damage to our communities.
The arrests and significant heroin and money seizure this week is not only an accomplishment for law enforcement, but a victory for the community.”

“Gangs, drugs and money continue to plague the Fulton County community and undermine our quality of life,” District Attorney Howard remarked. “I am so thankful for the assistance of the DEA and other federal and local law enforcement partners in the on-going efforts to stem the tide of this disturbing drug trend.”

The three suspects under arrest are Bardomiano Renteria-Salazar (DOB: 09-25-1976); Carlos Soto-Pineda (DOB: 4-25-1980) and Raphael Lee-Ochoa (DOB: 08-17-1991).

These defendants are being housed at the Gwinnett County Detention Center.

The investigation remains open as the case now moves to the prosecution phase pending indictment by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

SAC Sommers encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justhinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

 

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